Thursday, October 30, 2014

La Mascara High Tea with The Real Housewives of Melbourne

 Oh My God! Those were my words when the invite for the La Mascara High Tea afternoon garden party for me and my plus one arrived in my inbox. OH MY GOD! You see my bff's and I are obsessed with The Real Housewives of Melbourne. We had weekly viewing parties at my house, dissected that infamous anonymous email with it projected on my big screen tv so we could analyze every word and I even rushed out to buy La Mascara the day it was launched for our own little tasting and reunion episode watching soirée. I replied immediately saying just how excited I was for the event, how the invite had made my day/week/month/year and how my best friends and I are obsessed with the show and that I was very excited to come along for the launch dressed in my retro best. The lovely PR wrote back and told me I could invite a few more guests to come along with me which blew my mind even more! Sharing in the opportunities that blogging brings with the people I love is so much fun, especially when you know how happy it will make them. Unfortunately one of our #RHOM obsessives girl gang member is currently overseas (well not so unfortunately as she is having an amazing time, but you know!) so it was my friends Laurie and Charlotte and my sister Ebony who I chose as my guests. Now actually Ebony doesn't watch #RHOM as she leads a very busy and full life unlike the rest of us (haha) but truthfully she actually works with one of the biggest stars of the show, Gina Liano, so she feels uncomfortable watching her on tv in a way. As you're all probably aware in Gina's other life she is a lawyer, and my sister works in the same field and see's Gina almost daily, working on the same cases. I actually knew about the show and Gina's involvement long before it was officially announced because Eb was in the know. Ebony is very professional and will never gossip but she would answer any questions us obsessives had about Gina - like does she really wear those sparkly dresses and super high heels to court? The answer being yes, although with less cleavage on show. AMAZING right? That just made us love Gina more. Anyway would you believe we didn't actually co-ordinate our outfits to all be wearing pink to the event? It just worked out that way (because we're all amazing #duh!)

 Laurie looked stunning in her vintage pink trousers and blouse and those pink fringed flatforms from ASOS! She borrowed my Miu Miu red glitter sunglasses, neon pink clutch and pink flower headband to finish off the look. Honestly Laurie always looks incredible but this may just be my favourite look yet!

 Ebony wore her new pale pink Topshop culottes with rose gold shoes and accessories. Her rose gold heels are from Wittner, the rose gold clutch is from Kleins Perfumery and the rose gold bangle is by Estelle Dévé. To top it all off she wore a vintage scarf fashioned into a turban. Looking very glam!

 Charlotte rocked the hell out of her Alice Edgeley sequin turban and vintage dress combo! You can always count on me for some pink accessories so Charlotte borrowed my pink vintage clutch which was actually my mothers from the 1970's. How amazing does she look?

 #Glamourous

 The event was held at the historic Rippon Lea Estate which was built in 1868. The gardens were set up with vintage games for the high tea like croquet and the above badminton.

 Lot's of handsome guests were in attendance.

 Happy Camper Pizza were on hand to make freshly made to your liking pizza's, even catering to the vegan's and vegetarians amongst us (which is rare at a catered event!)

The event was to launch La Mascara's new range of alcoholic ice tea's called High Tea. Truthfully they were actually really delicious, sometimes pre-mixed drinks like these can be too sweet but I think the tea flavour helped unsweeten it. These are going to be perfect for summer!

 The Tequila shots were dangerous!

 Can't get over how amazing we all looked!


 Janet from #RHOM getting in on some badminton action.



So many vintage babes!


 Too fabulous!


 OMG!

I wore my pastel splash Gorman dress with a new Forever New floral headpiece, Tony Bianco pastel pink slides and a silver Decjuba bag (which is perfect for events like this cos it fits my camera!).

 I just wanted to hang out here forever. Such a beautiful location!

 Now time for some #RHOM #selfie action. Here we are with the oh so lovely and chic Chyka and her daughter. This is the second time I've met Chyka at an event now and she remembered me! She said my wardrobe must be fabulous because I always look incredible. Yep, I died right then and there!

 Here we all are with new #RHOM housewife Gamble Breaux whose style is just incredible. Can't wait to see her on the show next season!

OMG Janet too! So fabulous in person, watching next season is going to be even better having met her.

The QUEEN! Ginal Liano you have my heart and you wore pink too!!! How did you know it's my favourite colour? My sister introduced us between filming (we weren't allowed to interrupt them during takes) but unfortunately we didn't manage to get a #selfie with her as she was so busy, but there's always next time! We also met Ben 'the rockstar' from Silverchair (check out my instagram for my #selfie snap with him) and spoke to Jackie briefly too but it was her big launch so again she was too busy filming for us to interrupt her but safe to say she looked amazing stealing the show. I can not wait until season two begins next year now, this has made me even more obsessed with these incredible glamourous ladies. I'm totally having a big La Mascara party at my place the night this episode airs to celebrate, whose in? Hopefully you'll be able to see us all in the background, we sure do stand out. Pink ladies forever!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier at the NGV

I was lucky enough to be invited to the media preview of the seriously AMAZING Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition 'From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk' at the NGV. Deciding what to wear was a challenge, what does one wear to meet one of the worlds most high profile fashion designers? I had originally planned on wearing Breton stripes in honour of some of Jean Paul Gaultier's more iconic looks but unfortunately all my stripped tees were in the wash. So I went with my polkadot cropped top instead and I think it worked out fine.

There was an interesting panel discussion with the curators and Mr Gaultier himself and an old friend of mine, Andreja Pejić, Gaultier talked about his long time collaborations with Australian muses from Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman and to Pejic. Gaultier was the first big international designer to cast androgynous Pejic to walk for his Paris catwalk show. Gaultier is known for his diverse casting choices using plus size signer Beth Ditto as a catwalk model and casting Pejic as both a male and a female which propelled her into fame. As most of you are aware Andreja Pejic has recently undergone sexual reassignment surgery and is now legally named Andreja. She is currently making a documentary about that transition and her life, raising the needed funds via her Kickstarter campaign so please donate! The discussion covered everything from the food in Melbourne to coming out and discovering who you are. Gaultier was absolutely entertaining to listen to, you could hear the passion and joy in his voice he has for what he does. It was amazing to be in the same room as such a talent, something I will never forget.

Now onto the exhibition itself which features the first dress Gaultier created in 1971 to the iconic stage costumes Madonna wore for her 1990 Blond Ambition tour and more recent pieces from both his ready to wear and haute couture collections.

Animated mannequin faces, including Jean Paul Gaultier talk to you as you look at the exhibition.

Bringing the exhibition to life!

Diverse body shapes, something that Gaultier is passionate about.

Amazing to see Madonna's infamous and iconic cone corset's in person.






Amazing detail!


Another plus size mannequin.


No words other than WOW!



The exhibition is a must see for any fashion lover. Having the chance to see beautiful hand crafted haute couture pieces is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was blown away.

#JPGNGV
Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
17 Oct  2014 - 8 Feb 2015
NGV

Check out the Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier program for a list of dj's and art talks that are happening throughout the exhibition.

 In attendance at the media preview was the amazingly talented Tallulah from the Art Kid Tallulah blog. Tallulah's blog is incredible as is her eye for style, especially for someone only in year 7! I was so excited that she was invited to the media preview because her blog is incredible and she deserves the invite more than most. There as a very touching moment where she was overwhelmed by how amazing the exhibition was and how amazingly the media were treating Andreja Pejic and her transitioning story that Tallulah burst into tears. It's an issue close to her heart with friends at school coming out and being able to introduce Tallulah to Andraja was an amazing moment. Watch of for Tallulah everyone, she is sure to be the next teen blogger sensation of substance.

 My old friend Greta from FASHGIF was also there wearing the most amazing Comme des Garçons felt jacket and that Christopher Kane clutch. So stylish!

 Another guest was the always lovely Nicole from Circa Vintage whose bright pink hair caught the attention of Jean Paul Gaultier. Nicole's new book Style is Eternal will be released very soon but you can pre-order it now.

Leeyong Soo from Style Wilderness always looks amazing in her hand crafted and vintage outfits. I mean working at Japanese Vogue for eight years you'd have to be pretty stylish.

 What I wore. As I mentioned earlier I had planned on wearing Breton stripes with this look but I'm glad I didn't as they would have been a bit cliché .

Outfit details
Polkadot crop top Nice Claup from Tokyo
Black pinafore Alpha60 (old season)
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato
Pom pom earrings Bubbles Harajuku
Faux fur bangle Bubbles Harajuku
Black 3D printed bangle Studio Batch
Necklace Min Pin
Egg socks Punyus from Tokyo
White flatforms Jeffrey Campbell (old season)
Backpack Opening Ceremony x Adidas from DFO South Wharf outlet

 I like that little hint of skin under my crop top on the side.

 The cropped top is this interesting square shape. #interesting

 My lipstick got a lot of compliments. It's Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Mal-li-boo pink.

 Not going to lie - I kinda hate how much this dress wrinkles!

 My backpack is one of the Opening Ceremony for Adidas pieces I got for crazy cheap at the Adidas outlet store at DFO South Wharf. I got it for only $45 and I'm obsessed with it.

Egg socks why not?